Home Tips Series: Six DIY Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid
There is a lot of attention being given lately to DIY (Do-it-Yourself) projects, especially in the real estate market. From “flippers” who buy distressed homes, renovate them, and then sell them for large profits, to home buyers who purchase a fixer-upper in their target neighborhood to save money, there are a lot of ways savvy home buyers can maximize their investment by completing renovations without the assistance of professional contractors. But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to look out for when completing renovations on your own. According to HouseLogic.com, these are six of the most common DIY kitchen renovation mistakes that can actually decrease the value of your home. Avoid them to achieve a finished product that not only looks great, but brings in a great return on your investment.
- Be sure to properly level all kitchen cabinetry. Use a shiv where needed to compensate for walls that may not be 100% level. This will prevent unsightly gaps between the cabinetry and the walls.
- Carefully plan the placement of all lighting fixtures when completing the overall kitchen design. Make sure fixtures properly line up with kitchen islands and sinks.
- Install tile over a properly leveled subfloor to avoid cracked tiles.
- Prep before you paint! Make sure to repair any damaged drywall, remove outlet covers, and use painters tape to achieve clean lines and transitions.
- Use grid paper to plan tile alignment and triple check all calculations. You want to achieve a professional look with even spacing, clean grout lines, and uniform tile size.
- Remove all baseboards before installing new floors to avoid gaps between the flooring and molding.
Keeping these six tips in mind during your DIY kitchen remodel will help you achieve that beautiful, professional-caliber finished product and maximize your return on investment.
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